The Belmond Cadogan, Chelsea, London
Built by the little-known architect HB Brace, the Cadogan originally opened at 75 Sloane Street in 1887. Comprising five 1800s Queen Anne-style buildings, the 54-bedroom Belmond Cadogan is on the borders of Chelsea and Knightsbridge, close to Sloane Square station.
Former guests would have included Oscar Wilde who was a frequent visitor, usually staying in room 118. Socialite Lillie Langtry originally lived at 21 Pont Street. In 1895 Lillie Langtry's townhouse became part of the Cadogan Hotel with Lillie continuing to reside in her old bedroom as part of the expanded hotel. The hotel was bought by local landowner Earl Cadogan in 2011. This was the first time in its history that the Cadogan has been owned by the family whose name it bears.
The Cadogan closed for major refurbishment in 2014, re-opening in early 2019. The new lobby and guestrooms were conceptualised by interior designers GA Design International and architects Blair Associates. A bespoke finish was created for this project, with the team at Focus SB working closely with the project design team, the result was the exclusive Cadogan Brass finish which was combined with the elegant Sheraton plate style with black inserts.
Rooms range from twins to large suites. Features include over 400 pieces of original art, a spa, fitness centre and library. Guests have private access to garden square Cadogan Place and its tennis courts. If you are fortunate enough to book the Lillie Langtry Suite, you will see why she felt so attached to this beautiful and remarkable room.